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EVENTS: Workforce Development Workshop (June 2006)
How do we attract students to aerospace engineering and related engineering disciplines? How do we encourage them to stay in the field and therefore replenish our workforce? How do we ensure that they get the right education and training?

On June 1, 2006, in Washington, DC, more than 50 representatives from academia, associations, and industry explored those questions during a one-day workshop sponsored by NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) with the NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD).

"We all recognize that it is critically important to the U.S. aeronautics community to continue to foster new generations of highly-skilled scientists and engineers," said Dr. Lisa Porter, ARMD Associate Administrator.

After presentations by NASA ARMD, NASA ESMD, the NASA Office of Education, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), and Iowa State University, participants divided into three breakout sessions to share their latest thinking and experiences on such topics as lecture series, fellowships, non-traditional support materials, assessment options, and "the excitement factor." Participants were specifically tasked to brainstorm new ideas that can be implemented by NASA ARMD in the near-term.

The ARMD is currently working with the AIAA to hold the next workforce development workshop in January 2007 in Reno, Nevada, in conjunction with the AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and ADCA meeting.

Comments and input about ARMD's activities in support of workforce development and higher education should be directed to:

Tony Springer
NASA Aeronautics Research
tony.springer@nasa.gov

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